Spring Vegetables at Morningsun Herb Farm 2018
TOMATO – RED AND PINK
Ace-high improved: VFFNA. Determinate 71 days. 10 oz tomatoes with wonderful flavor. Well adapted to growing in western states. An old standard, especially for canning.
Anna Russian: Indeterminate. 65 days. HEIRLOOM. This luscious heirloom was reported to have been brought to Oregon by a Russian immigrant generations ago. Pinkish red, heart shaped fruits are large, early and juicy with outstanding flavor and weigh up to 1 lb. Oxheart like foliage on hardy vines
Arkansas Traveler: Indeterminate. 90 days. HEIRLOOM variety from stock seed discovered in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Fruits are rough, medium sized, about 6 oz, with an excellent, creamy mild flavor. Highly adaptable.
Ball’s Beefsteak: VFFT. Indeterminate. 76 days. This is a great choice for gardeners who want to grow luscious big tomatoes but need them to mature early and stand up to the challenges of disease problems. These 8-12 oz globe shaped fruit grow on highly disease-resistant plants, having no cracking, and offer sensational, old fashioned flavor. Wonderful as a sandwich tomato. BEEFSTEAK.
Bella Rosa: VFFT. Determinate. 75 days. High yields of large bright red tomatoes. Firm, round, and very flavorful! A good balance of sugar and acid. Very heat tolerant and crack resistant.
Better Boy VFN Hybrid: Indeterminate. 75 days. Rugged vines produce large crops of bright red, 12-16 oz smooth, flavorful fruit. Similar to Big Boy, but with additional disease resistance. Firm and perfect for slicing. One of the best tasting garden tomatoes available anywhere!
Beefmaster VFN Hybrid: Indeterminate. 80 days. One of America’s favorites for the solid, meaty, flavorful red fruit that weigh up to 2 lbs. Vigorous vines and outstanding fruit taste and quality. BEEFSTEAK.
Bonny Best: Indeterminate. 72 Days. An old-time favorite producing 8 to 10 oz. globed fruits that are solid and meaty. Bonny Best is highly adaptable, and performs well even in cooler climates.
Brandywine Sudduths Strain: Indeterminate. 80 days. 1 ½ lb. HEIRLOOM. A legendary variety with exceptionally rich and succulent flavor. Fruit is meaty and grow on tall potato-leaved vines. BEEFSTEAK.
Bush All Star: Determinate. 65 days. A perfectly round 7 oz red BEEFSTEAK. Super strong plants with thick leaves. The perfect tomato for containers. Super vigorous.
Carmello: Indeterminate. 75 days. The French Carmello is among the most productive tomatoes ever bred. It is popular in European markets because of it’s exceptionally fine flavor. Bears large crops of heavy, juicy tomatoes with flavor that just doesn’t stop. Another favorite because it consistently produces great tasting fruit, even in cooler weather. Good for slicing in salads, sautéed, or as an integral part of any dish.
Caspian Pink: Indeterminate. 80 days. Russian HEIRLOOM. Large pink BEEFSTEAK, rich flavor, often compared favorably to Brandywine. Fruits average 10-12 oz. with a plentiful set and fairly early set for this large of a tomato.
Celebrity: VFFNTA Determinate 70 days. 8 oz. Exceptionally flavorful, firm fruit on strong vines with good cover and outstanding disease resistance. Highly productive and widely adaptable.
Cosmonaut Volkov: Determinate. 72 days. HEIRLOOM. An out of this world tomato from the Ukraine. Cosmonaut Volkov will set your taste buds flying high with a deep, balanced, sweet and tangy flavor. Determinate plants set generously sized 2-3 inch slightly squat, deep orange/red fruit with green tinged shoulders and bright red interiors. A taste sensation that only an heirloom can offer. NEW FOR 2015!
Crimson Sprinter: Indeterminate. 70 days. A delicious, medium sized slicer (5-7 oz) that matures early and tolerates cool conditions. The original seed was acquired from Seed Savers Exchange by a North Dakota farmer, and Seeds of Change have continued to select for plant vigor. Crimson Sprinter has a slightly thicker skin, allowing it to store a bit better than many heirlooms.
Delicious: Indeterminate. 77 days. Huge red fruit, holds the world’s record for largest tomato ever grown. Excellent flavor, just what a tomato should taste like! Very few seeds, fruit up to 2 lb..
Druzba: Indeterminate. 85 days. HEIRLOOM. Originally from Bulgaria, named ‘friendship’ for its sterling qualities. Husky plants bear heavy sets of tasty, 12 oz fruits over a long season. Round fruits, 4 inches across, mature bright red with pink-gold shoulders. High acid content.
Early Girl: VFF. Indeterminate. 52 days. 6 oz. A favorite early variety. Dependable large harvests of flavorful tomatoes with excellent disease resistance.
First Prize VFFNT: Indeterminate. 75 days. Plants bear over a very long season. This is the kind of tomato home gardeners would love to grow for a county fair. Vigorous vines produce huge crops of round, crack resistant 10-12 oz fruits.
Goliath: Indeterminate. 85 days. Large growing plant growing giant fruit! Dark pink, solid tomatoes are ribbed, have few seeds, and are very sweet yet have a good acid complement, giving an old fashioned tomato flavor. HEIRLOOM.
Italian Sweet: Indeterminate. 85 days. HEIRLOOM. Large, up to 3 lbs, and luscious BEEFSTEAK tomatoes grow on tall, potato leaved plants. Sweet and juicy, full of old fashioned tomato flavor.
Kosovo: Indeterminate. 75 days. HEIRLOOM. This wonderful oxheart variety came from a former U.N. worker in Kosovo, who passed it down to Carolyn Male. Huge, deep pink heart-shaped fruit has a sweet rich flavor and is very meaty while still being juicy. Production is excellent and the tomatoes are simply beautiful, but it is the delectable and intense tomato flavor that really makes this one special. Tomatoes can grow up to 1 lb.
Mexico: Indeterminate. 80 days. HEIRLOOM. Very large plants have an excellent set of huge, dark pink BEEFSTEAK fruit with outstanding taste. Bears large fruit in generous numbers over a very long season. Fruit is 1 lb.
Moskvich: Indeterminate. 60 days. HEIRLOOM. One of the most appealing extra early tomatoes. Fruits are early, deep red, and cold tolerant. Rich flavor. Smooth and globe shaped, 4-6 oz with a small stem scar.
Mule Team: Indeterminate. 80 days. A great choice for a ‘main crop,’ all-purpose tomato. Vigorous plants bear plenty of 8 to 12 ounce round, bright red tomatoes with excellent flavor and texture. Not only are harvests very abundant, but production continues right up until frost. HEIRLOOM variety.
Neves Azorean Red: Indeterminate. 75 days. This terrific red tomato was developed by Anthony Neves who kept selecting for larger size, resulting in a huge, beautiful beefsteak with 1 to 3 lb deep red fruit bursting bursting with magnificent, rich flavor. This makes the ultimate tomato sandwich or special tomato salad. NEW FOR 2015!
Rowdy Red: Indeterminate. 78 days. Big tomato flavor in a medium sized round, red tomato. Tall, vigorous plants grow big harvest of versatile and attractive fruits with an assertive yet delicious taste. Super easy to grow with success!
Sioux: Indeterminate. 70 days. 6 oz. HEIRLOOM, sweet yet tangy, and full of rich complex flavors. Very long productive season. Although this appears to be an average size unassuming red tomato, you just have to grow it to believe it.
Stupice: Indeterminate 52 days. 2 oz. Very early cold tolerant tomato that bears abundantly. HEIRLOOM, from Czechoslovakia, a garden favorite for its earliness and productivity.
Thessaloniki: Indeterminate. 75 days. 8 oz. Greek HEIRLOOM, beautiful round fruit, juicy with excellent, old fashioned acid tomato flavor. Good yields and crack resistant.
Wins All: Indeterminate. 80 days. HEIRLOOM. An offshoot of Ponderosa Pink, it produces moderate to high yields of blemish free, 1 lb pink fruit that is very juicy. Very complex flavor – sweet and tangy. Resistant to blossom end rot.
TOMATO – PURPLE AND BLACK
Aunt Ginny’s Purple: Indeterminate. 75 days. Heirloom beefsteak. Deep pink tomatoes weigh 12 oz and are mostly smooth with very little cracking. Potato leaf plants are vigorous with good yields, with a flavor so rich many people claim it is better than Brandywine.
Black: Indeterminate. 75 days. HEIRLOOM. Compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, dark mahogany brown tomatoes that average about 4 oz. Black tomatoes have a delicious blend of sugar and acid and a distinctive, complex flavor that is to be savored. Some folks say this variety is one of the best tasting black tomatoes and prefer it also for its nice, medium size.
Black From Tula: Indeterminate. 75 days. HEIRLOOM from Russian. 10-12 oz reddish brown flattened fruit, very rich full flavor with lots of juice.
Black Krim: Indeterminate. 75 days. 12oz. HEIRLOOM. Dark brown-red tomatoes are large and richly flavored, with a hint of saltiness. Fruit sets well, even in heat. Heavy producer.
Black Prince: Indeterminate. 70 days. 1 lb. HEIRLOOM. Deep garnet round fruits really load up on these plants that stay fairly small. Tomatoes are medium sized and full of juice and good rich flavor. From Siberia.
Carbon: Indeterminate. 80 days. Among the darkest of the black tomatoes. Rich and sweet, tastes like summer. 8-12 oz. Purplish brown outside, deep brick red interior. We got many reports back from happy growers of this tomato in 2005 that claimed this was the best tomato they had ever grown! HEIRLOOM.
Cherokee Purple: Indeterminate. 80 days. 12 oz. Very productive plants with rose/purple fruit with brick red interior. Thin skin, absolutely delicious with a pleasantly sweet and rich flavor. Tennessee HEIRLOOM. One of our most popular tomatoes.
Indigo Blue Beauty: Indeterminate. 80 days. Beautiful 6 – 8 oz beefsteak tomatoes begin as a stunning true blue where sunlight strikes the skin. The undersides will ripen from green to red when fruit are ready to harvest. Large yields of meaty tomatoes are flavorful and resistant to cracking. NEW FOR 2015!
Japanese Black Trifele: Indeterminate. 85 days. Heavy producer of pear shaped fruits that are free of blemishes and cracks and range in color from intense black to dark gray blushed with magenta. Plants produce prolific yields of picture perfect, 3 oz fruits that look stunning when sliced on a plate. As delicious as it is unique. An excellent canner as it holds the flavor and color well.
Morado: Indeterminate. 85 days. An unusual HEIRLOOM from southern Spain. Smooth deep purple fruit has excellent flavor, very complex and rich. Fruits are meaty, 8-12 oz. A favorite from our 2016 tasting.
TOMATO – YELLOW AND ORANGE
Amana Orange: Indeterminate. 75-90 days. HEIRLOOM. A 12-16 oz tomato with flavorful, meaty flesh. Originally from the Amana colonies in Iowa. This is an orange equivalent version of the heirloom Brandywine. These beautiful, low acid additions to the tomato patch will cover a full piece of bread on your open faced tomato sandwich.
Aunt Gertie’s Gold: Indeterminate. 80 days, This is not only one of the best tasting yellow tomatoes, but maybe one of the best tasting tomatoes of any colors. Fruit can grow to 1 lb, with a beautiful golden color. Their shape can be a little irregular, but the flavor is wonderful, fruity and sweet. Large, stout plants have potato leaved foliage. HEIRLOOM variety from Virginia.
Dr. Wyche’s Yellow: Indeterminate. 80 days. A light yellow BEEFSTEAK that matures to a golden orange. Slightly flattened fruits, weighing up to 1 lb, have flesh that is meaty and blemish free. Scored well in our 2010 tomato tasting. NEW FOR 2011!
Jubilee: Indeterminate. 80 days. 8-12 oz. Plentiful harvests of bright gold-orange, large fruit, with delicious flavor. Makes beautiful mixed salads.
Lemon Boy VFN Hybrid: Indeterminate. 72 days. The first lemon yellow colored tomato, very productive and vigorous plant, producing large harvest of attractive fruit that weighs 8 oz. Lower acid, sweet flavor. Easy to grow.
Limmony: Indeterminate. 80 days. These bright lemon yellow BEEFSTEAK tomatoes have a fabulous tangy flavor that has a clean crisp citrus snappy taste. Higher acid than other yellow varieties. Fruit is 10 oz, smooth and blemish free, with solid meaty interiors. HEIRLOOM from Russia. Healthy plants have high productivity.
Moonglow: Indeterminate. 80 days. Heavy yields of beautiful, 6-8 oz., 2″, blunt-pointed globes. A brilliant, warm-orange slicer with great flavor. Moon Glow is considered, by many tomato lovers, the tomato with the best texture and flavor of any yellow-gold tomato. A good choice for a market tomato because of it’s long shelf-life and delicious taste.
Tangerine: Indeterminate. 80 days. 1-2 lb. HEIRLOOM. Deep yellow orange beefsteak fruit shaped like a tangerine. Meaty and flavorful, with both sweet and rich flavor.
Valencia: Indeterminate. 80 days. HEIRLOOM. Round smooth fruits average 8-10 oz; very meaty with few seeds. Sunny orange color, full tomato flavor.
TOMATO – STRIPED / BI-COLOR
Ananas Noir: Indeterminate. 80 days. The name of this tomato is French for black pineapple – it arose out of a planting of Pineapple tomatoes in a Belgian garden. Fruit is 1 to 1 1/2 lb, with an exterior color of dark purple and green with pink-red splotches and a touch of yellow, while the inside is bright green streaked with pink. The flavor is sweet yet rich and delicious. Beautiful sliced on a plate.
Beauty King: Determinate. Large yellow beefsteak with pronounced deep red stripes (not blotches) that bleed into very meaty sweet yellow tomato flesh. Over one pound fruit is common size for this aggressive growing determinate plant that can grow over 12 feet tall. Bred locally by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms.
Berkeley Tie Dye: Indeterminate. This is one amazing tomato, green-yellow with orange-red stripes. Green-yellow flesh with red blush and bright green seed gel. Fruit is 8 oz to one lb. Heavy hitter in flavor also, complex tomato flavor with some tartness. Chefs love them. Bred locally by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms.
Big Rainbow: Indeterminate. 90 days. HEIRLOOM. Unique bicolored BEEFSTEAK tomto weighs 2 lbs and more! Ripe fruit has light yellow shoulders atop a golden orange tomato with ruby red radiating from the blossom end. Some red streaks appear through the meaty flesh. Sweet flavor. NEW FOR 2013!
Big Zebra: Indeterminate. 85 days. A tomato that is red and green-striped is so unusual that it’s safe to say that you’ve probably never seen anything like it before. Although deep red and green outside, its interior is green with pink extending up into the middle. Fruit is medium to large with a mild, sweet flavor.
Black Zebra: Indeterminate. 75 days. A deep burgundy tomato with jagged green stripes on the outside and a mahogany colored flesh inside. Sweet and juicy, the flavor also carries the rich complexity associated with black tomatoes. A natural cross between a black tomato and Green Zebra, it is a stunning variety. Vigorous plants produce an abundance of 3 to 4 oz fruits.
Chocolate Stripes: Indeterminate. 79 days. Luscious bicolor, large 4 inch mahogany with dark green stripes, sweet earthy flavor, very long season of production.
Gold Medal: Indeterminate. 90 days. Large, yellow, streaked red fruit, firm and smooth, with very little acid. Often considered to be one of the sweetest tomato ever! Winner of many tomato tastings. If you are asking for a sweet tomato, this is the one for you!
Green Zebra: Indeterminate. 75 days. Unique and delicious salad tomato. 3 oz fruits are amber-green with darker green stripes. The light green flesh is sweet yet zingy. HEIRLOOM.
Jaunet Flammee: Indeterminate. 60 days. 3 oz HEIRLOOM. Orange skin and beautiful red mottled flesh. Fruit is high in sugar and acid, borne in clusters of 8-12 fruit. Good disease resistance.
Marvel Stripe: Indeterminate. 85 days. HEIRLOOM. Big and beautiful, yellow orange fruit streaked with ruby red, very sweet. 1 to 2 lbs, high yields.
Mr. Stripey (Tigerella): Indeterminate. 56 days. Huge crops of red fruits with clearly defined yellow-orange stripes. 1 ½ to 2 inch tomatoes have a rich, tangy flavor and are a beautiful novelty for adding whole or cutting into salads.
Orange Russian: Indeterminate. 85 days. A most unusual bi-colored oxheart style tomato. 8 oz, with a heart shape. Smooth golden flesh, marbled inside with streaks of red. Delicious and sweet, with a somewhat fruity flavor. Very meaty with few seeds.
Pineapple: Indeterminate. 85 days. Enormous, uniquely patterned, yellow red striped fruits will be the center of attraction. BEEFSTEAK fruits easily grow to 5 inches and larger, and are orange yellow with red streaks. Fruits have meaty flesh, mild flavor, with no green shoulders. Heavy foliaged plants produce good yields.
Virginia Sweets: Indeterminate. 80 days. This HEIRLOOM variety is simply one of the best tasting, best producing gold-red bicolors we have ever grown. On top of that, the tomatoes are stunningly beautiful and enormous, weighing at least 1 lb each. Golden yellow beefsteaks are colored with red stripes that turn into a ruby blush on top of the golden fruit. Flavor is sweet and rich, and harvests are abundant.
TOMATO – PASTE AND SALADETTE
Amish Paste: Indeterminate. 85 days. Amish HEIRLOOM variety produces paste type fruit with an oblong oxheart shape. 8 oz tomatoes are solid with an outstandingly good, sweet flavor.
Juliet: 1999 All-America Selections winner. Indeterminate. 60 days. Elongated cherry tomatoes grow in grape-like clusters. Very sweet flavor, vigorous grower. Great for snacking, sauces and drying. Once you try this one, it will be a mainstay of your tomato garden.
Roma: VF. Determinate. 78 days. 3 oz. Popular paste tomato. Compact plants yield large harvest of 3 inch red fruit.
San Marzano Redorta: Indeterminate. 78 days. Huge plum tomato is an HEIRLOOM variety from Tuscany, and named for a mountain in Bergamo. Used for cooking, but flavorful enough to eat fresh. Tomatoes are much larger than a regular San Marzano, with the average size being about 8 oz. This is a different tomato from the more common hybrid San Marzano; it is much larger and sweeter flavored, and much juicier.
TOMATO – CHERRY
Abracazebra: Indeterminate. 85 days. A magical new cherry sized version of the popular Green Zebra. Beautiful, light green, excellent flavored fruits are striped in darker green, gel-like flesh. Bred to be more cold-hardy than Green Zebra.
Black Cherry: Indeterminate. 65 days. New! A truly black cherry tomato, with classic black tomato flavor, rich and sweet. Very abundant, irresistibly delicious.
Blush: Indeterminate. 75 days. A new ‘julienne cherry’ tomato introduced from Seeds of Change. These are 2 inches long, 1-3 oz beauties, ready to pick when a pink blush starts to appear over the yellow background. The flavor is very sweet, with a hint of pineapple. Blush is very productive over an extended period. We think this variety will be as popular as Juliet (see below), and would make a good pairing for planting, being used fresh, for canning, sauces, drying, and preserved in oil. I can’t wait to try this one in salsa!
Green Grape: Determinate. 70 days. Yellow-green I inch fruits are full of flavor, sweet and juicy. Very prolific compact plants.
Indigo Blue Berries: Indeterminate. 75 days. An eye catching cherry tomato which ripens from amethyst purple to a stunning, almost black, with a deep red bottom. Flavor is complex and spicy. Beautiful in a salad.
Lucky Tiger: Indeterminate. 70 days. Elongated cherry has a beautiful color combination of deep green striping and a backdrop that develops from green to red when fruit is ready. The interior is marbled with red, and has a sweet and rich flavor with bright acid notes.
Matt’s Wild Cherry: Indeterminate. 60 days. Only ¾ inch big, with smooth texture and sweet full flavored fruits. Excellent in salsa and of course, for fresh eating. HEIRLOOM.
Midnight Snack: Indeterminate. 75 days. Unique cherry tomatoes ripen to red with a blush of glossy black purple on the skin when exposed to sunlight due to an accumulation of anthocyanin pigment. Plants are productive all season, yielding 1 1/2 inch fruit with well balanced flavor. Great for salads, if you don’t eat them all right off the plant!
Sugary: Indeterminate. 60 days. 2005 ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS AWARD WINNER. Very sweet, cherry sized tomatoes are oval shaped with a pointed blossom end and a beautiful reddish-pink color. Fruit is produced in clusters on high yielding semi-indeterminate vines, which means that plants stay more compact but continue to produce over a long season.
Sun Sugar FT Hybrid: Indeterminate. 62 days. A hybrid orange cherry tomato with unbelievably good flavor and productivity. Very sweet, fruity tasting tomatoes are borne in long clusters on vigorous plants. Many other cherry tomatoes have a tendency to crack, especially when ripe, but this one has crack resistance bred in while still keeping a thin skin. The taste of these tomatoes is such a delight that they’re often picked and eaten in the garden instead of ever making it indoors.
Super Sweet 100: Indeterminate. 65 days. Vigorous vines produce huge crops of 1 inch fruits with very sweet flavor. Fruits have a high vitamin C content. A long-standing favorite.
Sweet Chelsea: VFNT, Indeterminate. 67 days. Jumbo-sized cherry tomatoes are extra sweet and resist cracking.
Sungold: Indeterminate. 57 days. Early, bright orange tomatoes are produces in abundance. Flavor is very sweet and fruity. A local favorite. Always rated high in our tastings.
Yellow Pear: Indeterminate. 78 days. Plants produce large and continuous harvest of small, yellow pear shaped tomatoes with sweet flavor. Favorite for kids.
TOMATO – GREEN AND WHITE
Cherokee Green: Indeterminate. 75 days. A great new variation of Cherokee Purple, it features green fleshed fruit blushed with amber at the bottom. 8 to 12 oz tomatoes have a remarkable flavor that is complex, juicy and delicious. Good productivity and a good measure of disease tolerance makes Cherokee Green one of the most successful of the green colored tomatoes.
White Queen: Indeterminate. 85 days. Heirloom beefsteak. One of the whitest of all tomatoes, 8-12 oz, smooth with ribbed shoulders. Might have a pink blush on the blossom end. Juicy and sweet, well balanced.
De Milpa: 70 days. Plant produces good yields of small to medium size tomatillos. This variety was grown unattended in a corn fields by a family in Mexico. It stores fresh for several weeks. Excellent for making salsa. They are surrouded by a papery husk that turns from green to brown as they ripen and splits open when they are ready to harvest. An heirloom variety from Mexico.
Purple: 75 days. A uniquely colored tomatillo that is enjoyed for the sweet yet tart flavor it gives Mixican dishes. These small fruit form inside papery husks and begin as pale green, then ripen to a rich, deep purple. Vigorous and productive.
Baby Mini Bell, Yellow or Red: 55 days. Little peppers on highly productive plants. Very sweet little mini peppers are 2 1/2 inches wide, 1 1/2 inches long. Both begin green, ripening to red or yellow. Very sweet and crunchy.
California Wonder: 75 days. High yields and extra large fruit have made this probably the most popular open pollinated bell pepper for market and home gardeners alike. Dark green peppers are mostly 4 lobed and blocky, about 4 ½ inches long and 4 inches wide, with crisp thick walls and sweet taste. Fruit eventually ripens to bright red. Tall plants are tobacco mosaic virus resistant and produce an abundance of peppers over a very long season.
Candy Cane: 65 days. These unique sweet beauties really stand out in the garden. Elongated 3 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch, fruits ripen from green with creamy white stripes to solid red. Thin walls and crispy texture make it perfect for fresh eating at any stage of ripeness. Plants have unusual variegated foliage giving them an ornamental look, ideal for patio containers and small space gardening.
Cherry Pick: 68 Days. Fruits measure 1-1/4″ by 1-1/4″ and are uniformly rounded and sized. Yield is superb, with tall, 24″, vigorous plants setting loads of sweet, dark green round fruits that mature to red, although normally harvested in the green stage. Let mature totally red for excellent pickled peppers.
Chocolate Beauty: 85 Days. One-of-a-kind variety! High quality, flavorful, medium-large, very smooth, 3 and 4-lobed fruits mature from green to a very attractive chocolate color. Resists Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Very sweet, especially for roasting.
Corno di Toro: 68 days. Italian bull’s horn, 8 inches long, ripens to a deep red, delicious fresh or grilled. Prolific tall plant.
Cubanelle: 75 days. Cubanelle is a variety of sweet pepper commonly used in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican cuisine. Many cooks prefer it to bell types. Sweet Cubanelle peppers can some times be slightly hot, but with only a touch of heat. This 6-8” pepper is prized for its sweet, mild flesh, rich flavor, and pretty colors. The thin-walled pepper is especially suited for quick cooking. Best picked when yellow-green for use in roasting, stuffing, as a pizza topping, for frying, a substitute for Anaheim peppers, or in a yellow mole sauce, and is one of the traditional ingredients in sofrito. They can also be left to mature and harvested when bright orange-red. In the garden, in addition to their famed taste and colors, the Cubanelle peppers are also known for their unique, imperfectly curled, wrinkled, and twisted shapes–no two seem to ever be alike.
Fehr Ozon Paprika: 70 days. 5 inches long, on compact plants. Ripens from yellow to red, with very sweet flesh and just a touch of heat. Mature peppers can be grilled or used fresh, but are traditionally dried and ground into a sweet paprika powder.
Giant Marconi: 63 days. 2001 All-America Selections winner. Awarded for its earliness, yield, size and flavor, this is one of the biggest Italian type sweet peppers that you’ll find anywhere. Peppers turn from green to red, and at 8 inches long with a lobed tip, they resemble a cross between a Marconi and a Lamuyo type pepper. They are sweetest when red and are good for salads, but really are outstanding when grilled or roasted. 30 inch tall plants bear heavily despite cold, wet, or dry conditions, and are resistant to Potato and Tobacco Mosaic virus.
Golden Calwonder: 73 days. Golden yellow at full maturity, these peppers are thick walled, meaty, and really sweet and tasty. Square shaped fruits are about 4 inches long and wide, and grow upright on healthy plants. Expect great production and beautiful, very sweet tasting peppers.
Gypsy: 60 days. 1981 ALLAMERICAN SELECTIONS WINNER. Outstanding yield, good looks and flavor combine with earliness to make this pepper a winner. Wedge shaped fruit is 3 to 5 inches long, pale yellow at first, maturing to orange-red; very sweet when ripe. Plants perform well in both hot and cool regions.
Jimmy Nardello: 80 days. Although technically a frying pepper, this is one of the sweetest non bell peppers you will ever taste. Bright red, 6-8 inch long peppers are only about 1 inch wide, and taper from the shoulder to tip, with a curving, somewhat wrinkled appearance. They are great for adding to salads or cooking into stir fries. NEW FOR 2013!
King Arthur Hybrid: 60 days green, 75 days red. Very large, 4 lobed blocky bell pepper is hard to beat for its earliness and large size. Fruit becomes 4 ½ inches long and wide and seems to set well even in heat. Plants provide good foliage cover and are resistant to bacterial spot and many pepper viruses. This replaces Fat n’ Sassy, which we have offered for many years.
Lipstick: 53 days green, 73 days red ripe. Hearty, attractive dark green fruits are 4 inch long and taper to a blunt point . They ripen to a glossy, rich red. Thick, juicy, and swet for salads and cooking, and perfect for roasting and salsa. Dependable, with heavy yields.
Mamma Mia Giallo: 85 days. Bright yellow, tapered fruits grow 7 to 9 inches long and are very uniform with smooth skin and sweet flavor that is excellent fresh, roasted or grilled. The plants are compact at 20 to 24 inches tall with excellent leaf coverage to protect the peppers from sunburn and strong stems to support the heavy yields of up to 30 fruits per plant. A standout both in the garden and at the dinner table. Tobacco Mosaic Virus resistant.
Mamma Mia Rossa: F1. 80 days. Oblong bell peppers are very sweet and crunchy. Red when ripe. Virus resistant. Grows to 2 ft tall, very productive, good leaf coverage to protect from sunburn. Great for containers.
Orange Sun: 68 days. Rich orange color and fabulous sweet flavor in a big, blocky bell pepper. This is a Dutch variety that yields large harvests of truly gorgeous orange fruit. Plants are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus and have plenty of foliage to protect developing fruit.
Piquillo: 85 days. The famous Spanish pepper widely used in tapas and for stuffing. Peppers grow 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Spicy sweet flavor with a bit of heat. Harvest when red.
Purple Beauty: 70 Days. Special deep purple color of bell pepper for gourmet chefs. Fruits are blocky, thick-walled and dark purple. Compact plants set heavily, with good cover to protect fruits from sunscald.
Purple Marconi: 90 days. Deliciously sweet Italian peppers turn a rich shade of purple when they are fully ripe, adding a beautiful new color choice. Expect plentiful harvests of these peppers, which become about 6 inches long with a tapered shape ending in a blunt tip. Traditionally used for frying, purple Marconi is also delicious, sweet and crunchy.
Round of Hungary: 58 days. Specialty pimento cheese pepper. Ribbed, flattened fruits mature early and have very thick, sweet, delicious flesh. Distinctive, globe shaped fruits average 2 inches by 4 inches, turn red early, and are great for stuffed peppers, in cooking, and for salads. NEW FOR 2013!
Shishito: 60 days. This medium early, small, sweet, thin-walled glossy green pepper is popular in Japan. The fruits grow up to 3-4″ long. Plant has a spreading habit and produces prolifically. Good for garden, greenhouse and open field growing. About 1 in 10 peppers are hot! Excellent for grilling or sautéing. NEW FOR 2013!
Spanish Spice: 68 days. Flavorful and aromatic when grilled or fried, this European import looks like a green chili pepper, but has a pleasing spicy taste, rather than heat. Extra-early fruits average 7 inches in length and are sensational cooked or raw. Very thin walls allow peppers to cook quickly. A heavy yielder.
Sweet Banana: 70 days. Bright yellow fruits are sweet, crunchy and about 4-6 inches long. Also great for pickling or for a sweet relish.
Sweet Pickle: 75 days. Very compact plants are crowned by a profusion of upright peppers in colors of red, orange, yellow, and purple, all at the same time. Peppers are about 2 inches long and chunky, making for a spectacularly colorful display. While highly ornamental, this fruit is also very edible and sweet, especially when fully ripened to red.
Anaheim: 75 days. Also known as the “New Mexican Chile”, this moderately pungent fruit is deep green, but turns red at full maturity. Very smooth peppers are 7 ½ inches long and 2 inches wide and borne on tall, productive plants that offer good foliage cover for the fruit. Tobacco mosaic virus resistant. Excellent for canning, freezing or drying.
Bhut Jolokia: 95 days. Also called Ghost Pepper, alleged to be the hottest in the world, use with caution!! Measured by the Guinness Book of World Records as having over 1 million scoville units. Harvest when 3 inch peppers are orange red. NEW FOR 2011!
Caribbean Red: 110 days. Seed for this habanero variety was found in the Caribbean, and then improved, resulting in a uniform fiercely hot pepper that is way hotter than the regular orange habanero. Dried samples of Caribbean Red measured 445,000 Scoville units (regular habanero is about 260,000). This pepper must be used carefully, but is wonderful for salsas, marinades, and making your own hot sauce. Bright red, wrinkled fruits are about 1 ½ inches deep and 1 inch wide and have flavor with fruity overtones.
Cayenne: 70 days. Long, 6 inch fruit on a tall, vigorous plant. Peppers are mildly hot, 50,000-60,000 scoville units.
Chile de Arbol: 80 days. An old Mexican heirloom, this is a big plant, reaching 4 feet tall. Peppers look like cayennes, but have a bold, smoky flavor. Very popular in Mexican cooking and commonly added to soups and sauces. The smoky, hot flavor is terrific in BBQ sauce.
Chiltepin: 95 days. This is a tiny pea shaped chile that is no more than ¼ inch long and wide. This variety grows wild throughout Mexico and some parts of the Southwestern U.S. They are among the hottest peppers available, measuring about 100,000 Scoville units. The plants can grow to 4 feet and are capable of living for years where the climate allows. These fiery little red peppers are popular for spicing up soups and bean dishes.
Fatalii: 80 days. Big, beautiful plants, growing to 4 feet. Peppers are 3 inches long, oddly shriveled and bright yellow when ripe. Very, very hot, 325,000 scoville units, but with a lovely hint of citrus to pump up the flavor. Native to the Central African Republic.
Fish: 90 Days. An heirloom considered by many to be the best variety to use when cooking fish and shellfish. Plants, 18 to 24″, feature decorative green and purple foliage splashed with white. High yields of very hot, pointed fruits, about 1-1/2″ long, range from white with green stripes, to orange with brown stripes, to a brilliant red – some deep purple, too. Scoville Rating is 5,000 to 10,000, just a little kick of heat!
Fresno: 75 days. Vigorous 2 ft plant, bears 1 x 2 ½ smooth tapered hot peppers, ripening green to red. Excellent for pickling. NEW FOR 2011!
Golden Greek Pepperoncini: 85 days. 4 inch long, slightly tapered pepper ripens from green to yellow to red when mature. Usually harvested and pickled when light yellow. Mildly hot and delicious, used for salads and sandwiches.
Habanero: 90 days. A blistering hot pepper 40 times hotter than Jalapeno. Among the most potent peppers we sell. Wrinkled fruit is 1 inch long and 1 ½ inches wide, with a tapered end. Peppers begin as light green then turn to golden orange and are loaded on 36 inch tall plants.
Hungarian Wax: 70 days. Medium hot peppers, especially good for pickling. Canary yellow, then bright red at full maturity, 6 to 8 inches long.
Italian Roaster: 75 days. A terrific choice for just a little heat, this pepper produces 7 inch long slender peppers that are red when ripe. Thin walls make it a great choice for grilling. Try this on a burger or pastrami sandwich!
Jalapeno: 75 days. Fiery, thick walled peppers grow 3 inch long and 1 ½ inches wide, with rounded tips. Dark green at first, then turning red. Good for fresh use or pickling; famous for nachos and other Tex-Mex dishes.
Jwala: 80 days. Probably the most popular pepper grown in India, it is also called Indian Finger Hot. Plants are 3 feet tall with an attractive umbrella shape. Long slender 6 inch peppers are red when ripe, slightly wrinkled. 30,000-50,000 scoville units.
Lemon Drop: 100 days. Hot, citrus flavored heirloom pepper from Peru. Long cone shaped fruit, very few seeds. 50,000 Scoville units. Neon bright yellow. Great for containers.
Numex Big Jim: 80 days. The largest of the New Mexican varieties, this pepper has pods up to 12 inches long that weigh as much as 4 oz. Their size makes them a favorite for chiles rellenos. Medium hot pungency. As an advantage, plants are able to set fruit under hot, dry conditions.
Numex Twilight: 120 days. An ornamental piquin type chile with green leaves and purple fruit that ripens to yellow, orange, and then red. This variety has fruit in all four color states at the same time.
Padron: 55 days. Originating from Galicia, Spain comes this taste sensation. Also called the “Pimiento de Padrone” pepper. Little sweet chili size peppers often fried whole. Horned shaped about the size of a habanero pepper they are an heirloom pepper of Spain and very relished there. Every 10th or so will be extremely hot making for a fun game of culinary roulette. If left to ripen red they will be quite spicy. To get them just right pick when they are about the size of large olives. Toss the peppers, seeds, stems and all, into a hot skillet with olive oil. The tiny peppers are blistered first on one side, then the other, before being salted and plated for serving. Provides a very spicy and wonderful paprika if ripened and dried.
Pasilla Bajio: 75 days. When fresh, this pepper is called “chilaca”; it is also known as “chile negro”. 8 to 10 inch long cylindrical peppers are thin walled, and dark green ripening to dark brown. They have less than 250 Scoville units and are mainly used dried for their rich, smoky flavoring in sauces. Plants are tobacco mosaic virus resistant.
Pretty in Purple: 80 days. Dark purple fruit and violet colored flowers are what makes this plant so special. Purple peppers almost cover the foliage, turning the 2 ½ foot tall plants nearly purple. Upon maturity, the peppers turn red and are extremely hot. At this stage, purple, orange and red fruit may be on plants at the same time, making a very colorful and attractive display.
Rocoto: 80 days. Originating in the Andes mountains, this variety is also called manzano, meaning apple. The fruit is apple shaped, growing prolifically on large, hairy leaved plants that are more cold hardy, and in some areas will be perennial. It is a medium heat pepper, with a bit of a citrus undertone. Very pretty in the garden!
Rooster Spur: 95 days. Two inch long, tapered, fire engine red peppers borne erect on 2 ft plants. Rare variety from Seed Savers Exchange member Virgil T Ainsworth of Laurel, Mississippi. Grown in his family for more than 100 years. Traditionally used to make Rooster Pepper sausage. Excellent dried and ground for chili powder.
Scotch Bonnet: 90 days. Super hot, oblong 2 inch bonnet shaped fruit. Excellent for hot Caribbean dishes.
Serrano: 75 days. Very hot chile called for in many recipes. Candle flame shaped fruit are 2 ¼ inches long, green, then red at full maturity. Borne on attractive 30 to 36 inch erect, branching plants. Suitable for salsas and sauce recipes as well as eating fresh. Vigorous bearer.
Tabasco: Small and very hot pepper famous for the sauce sharing its name. Peppers are also quite ornamental as they ripen, changing colors from white to yellow, orange, and red.
Thai Hot: 90 days. Extremely hot variety originally from Thailand, used in Asian cuisine. Peppers are 3 inches long.
Bambino: 45 days. Miniature, tiny 1 inch dark beauties in clusters, for shish ka bob, plant is only 12 inch tall, great for containers. Very productive.
Black Beauty: 80 days. This variety is nearly 100 years old, and still well loved as the classic big-fruited black eggplant. Glossy fruits become quite large but are well shaped, and perfect for slicing into thick eggplant steaks for grilling or eggplant Parmesan.
Cloud 9: 75 days. Pure white teardrop shaped fruit, best harvested at 7 inches or smaller. Very mild, no bitterness. A great variety for people who say they don’t like eggplant.
Kermit: 60 days. Unusual and interesting green and white Thai specialty. Small round fruits, averaging 2 inches in diameter. White with deep green striped shoulders,, these are firm fleshed and are delicious in curries.
Listada de Gandia: 80 days. 8 inch oval fruit are deep lavender streaked in white. Thin skinned, with white flesh. Yummy, with a very mild flavor, and great for people who aren’t fond of the flavor or texture of eggplant.
Millionaire: 61 days. Long, slender deep purple, almost black, eggplant are of Asian origin, and have a wonderful, mild flavor, perfect for Oriental dishes or simply splitting and grilling or roasting. Plants are very productive and feature foliage with a purple tinge as well as fruit with a purple calyx.
Pingtung Long: 65 days. Named after its town of origin in Taiwan, this slender violet purple eggplant becomes at least 12 inches long and has an excellent, mild flavor and tender white flesh. It thrives and produces continuous , large harvest despite summer heat and humidity.
Rosa Bianca: 75 days. Prized by chefs and gardeners alike for its creamy, mild flesh and lovely appearance, this Italian heirloom has become very popular. Well filled, round to teardrop shaped fruit is white with soft lavender streaks outside, and inside flesh white and sweet with no trace of bitterness.
Striped Togo: 65 days. A bizarre looking eggplant with amazing bright orange-green fruits growing to 3″ long. Egg-shaped. The fruits have a strong, but not bitter flavor and are nice for eating with firm flesh and stunning as an ornamental.
Thai Long Green: 70 days. From Thailand. Long slender 12″ fruit have tender light green skin that does not require peeling. White fleshed, absorbs flavor well.
Udumalapet: 80 days. Beautiful and edible striped eggplant from India. Heavy yields of pear shaped fruits are light green streaked with purple, ripening to golden yellow with lavenders stripes. Best eaten small, when fruits are about 3 inches long.
Bennings Green Tint: 60 days. Light green patty pan, excellent for grilling and sautéing. Harvest young. An excellent choice for squash blossoms.
Cocozelle: 45 days. Compact bush style, heirloom Italian variety. 12 inches, long dark green with light green stripes, flesh is light green, very firm and nutty flavor. Excellent in containers.
Early White Bush Scallop: 50 days. Pattypan, flat, scalloped, white green rind with fine grain white flesh. 5 inches at harvest, 1-2 lbs. Excellent baked or fried. Super productive.
Gold Star Yellow crookneck: 50 days. Buttery flavor, firm texture. Excellent yields and improved disease resistance. Reduced spines are easier for picking, fewer blemishes.
Raven: 48 days. Spineless plants with an excellent disease resistance package. Fruits are shiny dark green. Plants are open and easy to harvest and have resistance to zucchini yellow mosaic virus and cucumber mosaic virus.
Ronde Nice: 52 days. 4 inch French round zucchini. Compact bush perfect for the patio. Deep green, extra tender, great to steam, saute or stuff.
Slick-Pik: 48 days. Long straight yellow fruit with clean, nutty flavor. Spineless, easy to harvest and fruit are unblemished.
Sunburst: 52 days. Good yielder of yellow patty pan with a dark green blossom end, pick small for best flavor.
Zephyr: 54 days. Straight zucchini. Yellow with green tip. Harvest young, delicious nutty flavor. An excellent choice for squash blossoms.
Armenian Yard Long: 70 days. Light green, long, S shaped fruit, very sweet, crunchy and mild flavored. S shaped. Often the skin is eaten.
Diva: 58 days. Produces distinctly tender, crisp, sweet, bitter free and seedless cuke. Referred to as ‘Persian’ cucumbers. Harvest at 5-7 inches, skins can be eaten. One of our most popular cukes!
Jackson Classic: 52 days. Early, compact 20 inch bush, lots of disease tolerance, dark green blocky fruit, very productive. Great for containers.
Lemon: 65 days. Small, rounded pale yellow cucumbers. Pick when 1 ½ – 2 inches big. Specialty market salad item.
Mexican Gherkin: 60 days. 1 to 2 inch fruit that looks like little watermelons. They are surprisingly sweet, with a little kick of tart at the end. Very unusual heirloom.
Northern Pickling (Alibi): 48 days. A high yielding, early, old favorite. Produces on short vines, great for pot production. Harvest at 3-5 inches, fertilize well to keep production high.
Olympian: 52 days. Productive slicer. High yields of beautiful dark green straight, 8-9 inch fruit over a long harvest season. Crisp, with fresh flavor. Resistant to major cucumber diseases.
Salt and Pepper: 49 days. White skinned pickling cucumber with powdery mildew resistance. Yummy, very crunchy and sweet and clean flavor, excellent fresh!
Spacemaster 80 Bush: 60 days. Uniform 8 inch, dark green, smooth, slender, compact runnerless 3 ft vine, useful in patio containers.
Striped Armenian: 63 days. Unusual, slightly fuzzy, “S”-shaped fruits are slightly ridged with alternating dark and light green stripes. Harvest from 8-18″. Delicious and different.
Suyo Long: 61 days. Traditional long fruited variety from China. A sweet flavored, ribbed fruit growing up to 15 inches long. Widely adapted, grows well in hot weather, and sets early. Many retail customers and chefs like this unusual looking cucumber for salads and for bread and butter and mixed vegetable pickles. Excellent “burpless” eating quality. Bitter-free. Trellis for straight fruits.
Tendergreen Burpless: 55 days. English type cucumber, burpless, 7 inches long. High yielding, non bitter with tender skin. No peeling needed. Mildew resistant.
West Indian Gherkin: 62 days. 2 inch baby cukes, ideal for tiny sweet pickles or relish, drought tolerant, 200 year old heirloom.
Allsweet Watermelon: 90 days. Super sweet heirloom. Green rind, deep red flesh, very few seeds, big juicy 25 lb fruit!
Charantais: 90 days. French gourmet style cantaloupe. 2 lb, smooth pale green striped, maturing to a vanilla colored rind. Juicy salmon flesh is very tasty, sweet and fragrant. Perfect cut in half with a scoop of cottage cheese, or better yet, vanilla ice cream!!!
Earlichamp Cantaloupe: 72 days. 4 lb fruit, no ribs, thick, juicy sweet orange flesh. Pick when skin starts to turn buff.
Honeymoon Honeydew: 74 days. Early and delicious. Sweet flavor, medium sized smooth white melons with almost white flesh.
Moon and Stars Watermelon: 89 days. Dark green oval heirloom, sweet pink-red flesh, bright yellow spots on rind, 7-8 inches diameter, 10-15 lbs.
Sugar Baby Watermelon: 76 days. The standard of small watermelons, 8-10 lbs. Ripe melons are almost black. Excellent flavor, the standard for “icebox” style.
Tendersweet Orange Watermelon: 85 days, Rectangular, blocky 25 lb fruit. Striped rind, yellow-orange flesh, tender and sweet, and beautiful!
PUMPKINS AND WINTER SQUASH
Acorn (Taybelle) Winter Squash: 80 days. A classic acorn variety with high yields. Bush habit allows for denser plantings. Good resistance to powdery mildew. 6-8 fruits/plant, averaging 2-3 lb.
Butternut, Waltham: 105 days. The standard for butternut squash. Larger fruits with small seed cavities and thick, straight, cylindrical necks. Fruits average 9 inches long, 4-5 lbs. Flesh has a smooth texture and sweet flavor, especially after 2 months of storage.
Delicata Winter Squash: 100 days. A unique strain grown by Johnny’s Seeds. 7-9 inches long, 3 inches wide, 1 1/2 to 2 lbs, cream colored fruit with dark green longitudinal stripes and flecks. Very sweet, excellent for stuffing an baking, even at full maturity.
Lakota Winter Squash: 95 days, Sioux Indian heirloom, pear shaped, flame orange with green streaks. 8 inch by 9 inch, sweet nutty flavor, beautiful to decorate your fall table.
Pumpkin, Baby Bear: 105 days. Tiny, flattened pumpkin. Charming little, flattened, ribbed, orange pumpkins average 1 1/2 lbs, with nice thick stems. Average 8 fruits/plant. Sweet flesh for cooking.
Pumpkin, Howden: 115 days. Standard large pumpkin, developed in the 1970’s. Deep orange color, defined ribs, and good handles. Fruits range from mid 20 lbs to larger. Average yield, 1-2 fruits/plant.
Pumpkin,Musque de Provence: 125 days. Heirloom Southern French variety. 8-15 lb. Big, deep orange fruit is moderately sweet fleshed, excellent for cooking. 2 fruits/plant.
Spaghetti Squash: 88 days. The classic pasta alternative. Great noodle like consistency. Ivory skin, changing to pale yellow at maturity. Bake or boil and fork out the flesh. 4-5 fruits/plant.